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Poster: Thomas Mores Date: Feb 19, 2009 4:17am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

Here you go! Should be available for download soon! http://www.archive.org/details/thewind_962

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 19, 2009 5:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

I thank all for the input and especially the offering of Lillian Gish's "The Wind" from Thomas Mores but it is in the ".flv" format and as I indicated I have way too many software and plugin additions to the computer. [I would prefer a Windows Media or Quicktime copy.] Many texts I download are in a wide mixture of readable formats and I just become saturated with a plethora of options especially when it concerns scientific software products. One would think that homogeneity would be a worthy quest in Internet trafficking of knowledge but that is not the case. Every software developer wants to tweak a methodology.

I have been a patron of the Internet Archives for several years and exploited the opportunity to download vintage audio recordings and classic texts but there is a curiosity that periodically becomes manifest in that, especially in the feature film section, selections are offered and then withdrawn. Now, I realize that some do fall under the cloudy issue of copyright protection laws but there was one case in particular that involved several of Akira Kourisawa's early films: "Ikiru", "Nora Inu", "Roshomon", "Sanshiro Sugate", "They Who Step On Tiger's Tail". All date from 1952 and earlier. It is curious to note that the Japanese government has issued a statement that all pre1952 films would be in public domain and thus the above films would be available. [That's why one will never see "Godzilla" offered at the Internet Archives. Toho Studios guard that lucrative piece of property with a watchful eye.] But that is not the case for all of those Kourisawa films listed above; they have been removed after being posted for a few short months. Fortunately, I do have copies. [As a side note, it is interesting to see available Federico Fellini's "I, Clowns". It is a fine film and the file is of superior quality.]

Again, I thank those that offered potential solutions and responded swiftly.

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Poster: SpaceFan Date: Feb 21, 2009 2:59pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Akira Kurosawa films

The September 14, 2007, the Tokyo District Court ruling just clarified the situation: films released before 1970 are and had alway been under the pre-1970 copyright law conditions regarding IP longevity, meaning that a 1952 film never was public domain, and won't be until author death + 38 years. Therefore, Akira Kurosawa films ar not, and never were, public domain. They will be PD on December 31, 2036.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Akira_Kurosawa#Public_domain

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Poster: Ganbachi Date: Feb 20, 2009 10:24am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

Hg80, If you have those Kurosawa films could you upload them please? I had noticed they had gone but I only downloaded the lo-res mp4 versions for my i-pod.

I miss them!

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 2:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

Ganbachi:

Well, I would be glad to upload but there appears to be a problem. This is the first time that I have uploaded anything here and the uploading process is not going good. I filled in all the required information and clicked the upload button. The window became dark with a dialogue box indicating that the upload process was working. I started with the smallest file [about 150MB] and it has been over 30 minutes. There is no onscreen indicator to monitor the progress of the uploading. The elapsed time appears to be too long for such a small file. Can anyone supply correct instructions?

As time permits I will upload the Kurosawa films. They were originally download from the Internet Archives and came from who knows where. They are obviously not a copy struck from the master negative, thus the quality of the print is questionable. Furthermore, as I recall some are probably in Japanese with no dubbing or subtitles. This is an "as is" assemblage. Nevertheless, these are important Kurosawa films.

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 2:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

Ganbachi:

Well, I guess I did everything correctly for the file finally uploaded...patience is the key.

"They Who Step on Tiger's Tail"

http://www.archive.org/details/TheyWhoStepOnTigersTailtoraNoOWoFumuOtokotachi1945

It is in Japanese.

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 3:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

"Sugata Sanshiro"

http://www.archive.org/details/SugataSanshiro1943

It is in Japanese.

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 5:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

"Rashomon"

http://www.archive.org/details/Rashomon1950_702

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 5:36pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

It is in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 20, 2009 7:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

"Nora Inu"

http://www.archive.org/details/NoraInu1949

It is in Japanese with English subtitles.

On Saturday I will upload "Ikiru".

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Poster: Ganbachi Date: Feb 20, 2009 11:39pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

Thank you! You've done a great job!

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Poster: Hg80 Date: Feb 21, 2009 6:56am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Lillian Gish

"Ikiru"

http://www.archive.org/details/Ikiru1952_528

It is in Japanese with English subtitles.